One place for you to get a better idea of the difference in "height" of hips (also called hooks) and pins is go to the alabama extension web site... beef confirmation hip structure.... (aces.edu)
If you type in beef cattle hips and pins into a search... you will get several references... it will show you what you need to look for... and the pins need to drop a bit as they get close to birth, which is in the ligaments/tendons relaxing... yes she looks like she is getting closer....
Ok, that was really helpful. So I haven’t been looking at the sides, but I now understand the saying I once read that the side will look like lower case n’s? I will have to take another photo of the side this evening. Thank you again for the great info.
So a false alarm I guess. She was laying flat, giving a small push with legs out and then sitting up. Deep breathing, so I run out to check, took photos but after I left she got up and ate for 30 minutes and is now laying back down and sleeping. Guess she was just uncomfortable. Picture I took just to show what’s going on.
Tonight’s update. The thick tight pins on the sides are even less noticeable, I had to really feel for them. Her girl parts have a stripe of pink in the middle now and are loose. I am hopeful it’s soon because she looks miserable. We have rain coming tonight and tomorrow so hopefully not when it’s raining.
She is still pregnant , eating, acting fine. Mooing at me for feed, is there a possibility that she will hang on to her calf until November? I called the vet and he said as long as she is acting ok then just give her time. I’m guessing after another week or so we can assume she was bred later and she is just getting ready? She does look slim today, my husband even noticed it. I will keep my fingers crossed.